Gold Valley Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Blairsden-Graeagle, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for nature trips, birding, and off road driving and is best used from July until November.
off road driving
Directions from Downieville: Travel 17 miles east on Hwy. #49 to Bassetts Station, passing through Sierra City. Turn left onto Gold Lake Hwy. at Bassetts Station. Proceed approximately 1.4 miles to the road for Sardine Lake, and turn left. After approximately 0.3 m miles turn right onto Packer Lake Road. Proceed 2.5 miles and turn left onto Forest Road #93 (Packer Saddle Road.) Continue for 1.5 miles to the road junction at the ridge top.From Packer Saddle, travel south on Forest Road #93. After 0.3 miles, road #93 turns right. Continue on road #93 for 0.5 miles to Forest Road #93-3. Turn right onto Forest Road #93-3, towards Butcher Ranch. Within 0.5 miles you will pass the Butcher Ranch trail sign. Continue for approximately 3.5 miles and turn left onto the Gold Valley trail.
Pretty area and a fun road with some occasional challenges.
I love this trail!!! Beautiful scenery, great 4 wheeling, and very light traffic! There is a great mix of scenery, from mountain vistas to alpine meadows. There are plenty of great places to stop and take in the great outdoors. My advise: start from the North, at the Plumas Eureka State Park. I used to start from the south; until, last year when I got 7/8 of the way through and got blocked by snow deeper then I am tall! It was the end of June!